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Secret out! How Dean Jones plotted India’s 1987 Cricket World Cup 1-run loss vs Australia

Allan Border-led Australia defeated the Indian cricket team by one run in a controversial World Cup match in 1987 in Chennai. Dean Jones, who batted at No. 3, scored a crucial 35-ball 39 with two fours and as many sixes.

cricket Updated: Sep 19, 2017 17:00 IST
Devarchit Varma
Devarchit Varma
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Dean Jones played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia. He was part of the 1987 Cricket World Cup-winning team that was led by Allan Boder.(AFP)

When India defeated Australia by 26 runs in the first ODI at Chennai on Sunday, there were a few claiming the Indian cricket team had finally avenged their loss by a mere one run, suffered in the 1987 World Cup to the Australians at this venue.

Ironically, the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai had to wait for almost 30 years to host another India-Australia ODI, after that World Cup thriller.

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Had it not been for a decision that was overturned during the innings break, Australia may not have walked away with victory in that World Cup encounter.

A hit from Australian batsman Dean Jones off Maninder Singh, which was adjudged a four by the on-field umpire Dickie Bird, was upgraded to a six during the innings break when the Australians approached the umpires.

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Following a discussion with the Australians during the innings break, the umpires went to the India captain Kapil Dev, who agreed.

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In an interaction Jones claimed on Twitter that it was he who got the decision changed, “Wrong!!! i went into the umpires room to demand it changed!” (sic).

Batting first, Australia had finished at 268 for six in 50 overs, but that change in decision from the umpires during the innings break took their score to 270 for six.

India were cruising at one stage and were 207 for two. But the Indians collapsed, and got to the final over of the game off which they needed six to win with one wicket in hand.

On the penultimate delivery, a young Steve Waugh shattered the stumps of Maninder Singh to help Australia win the match.

First Published: Sep 19, 2017 15:31 IST